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Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers

An inventory of the papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University


Creator: Lowenstein, Alexander
Title: Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers
Dates: 1967-2013
Size: 10.5 linear feet, 19 boxes
Abstract: The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers contain materials relating to contains materials relating to Alex Lowenstein, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 while returning from studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA), his parents, Peter and Suse Lowenstein, and his brother, Lucas. Materials relating to Suse Lowenstein's sculpture Dark Elegy are also included.
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Lowenstein, Alexander

Alexander Lowenstein (1967-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. He was one of the 35 Syracuse University students traveling home after a semester abroad. Alexander (also known as Alex or Alexi) was an English major, but hoped to pursue a degree in clinical psychology so he could work in a psychiatric clinic after he graduated. Alex was a brother in the Zeta Psi fraternity at SU and sat on the Inter-fraternity Council.

"Alexander was very special. His ability to fully enjoy life; to make us laugh; to draw his peers to him; to make us love him" his parents recall. Alex was a water person who loved surfing and scuba diving near his parent's home in Montauk on Long Island. He was survived by his parents Suse and Peter and his brother Lucas.

Suse Lowenstein is an accomplished sculptor; her pivotal work Dark Elegy has garnered much acclaim and commentary over the years and has served as a reminder of the evils of terrorism. Dark Elegy is a sculpture garden containing 75 larger than life pieces that depict a woman at the moment she learned her loved one had been killed on Pan Am 103. Each figure was sculpted from life and Suse has even created a sculpture of herself. Dark Elegy is a tribute to all victims of terrorism and Suse hopes to find it a permanent home in a public location where it may be freely accessible.

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Scope and Content Note

The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers contain ten series, some with subseries.

Artwork contains sketches done by Alexander Lowenstein. These items are all undated.

Audiovisual materials includes film and audio recordings, including footage of Alexander Lowenstein surfing and spending time at the beach with his family. Other videos show Alex in a competition at his high school and performing in a show called "Park Place". All video has been converted to DVD. Also included in this series are audio cassettes that belonged to Alexander Lowenstein. Some of these are original albums and others are mix tapes.

Clippings is primarily organized chronologically. Oversize clippings are stored separately and are not in chronological order. Clippings related to Dark Elegy are found in that series.

Correspondence is divided into subseries for Alexander Lowenstein, condolences, general correspondence files and correspondence with people in Lockerbie. The last two subseries are organized alphabetically by correspondent. The subseries for Alex's personal correspondence is organized chronologically as is the subseries for Condolences. Correspondence related to Dark Elegy is found in that series. Many of the letters from people in Lockerbie contain photographs as inserts.

Dark Elegy is arranged alphabetically and deals with the sculpture garden created by Suse Lowenstein. Various exhibitions of Dark Elegy may be studied along with photographs of the work.

Personal objects includes items that belonged to Alex Lowenstein. Items recovered from the crash site at Lockerbie are not included in this series.

Photographs and negatives contains digitized album that was loaned to the Archives by the Lowenstein family for scanning. Photographs of Alexander Lowenstein with his friends and family and on trips to Amsterdam and around London in 1988 are available. Photographs of various memorials dedicated to Alexander may also be found. This series contains a few items of note, including a copy of Senate Resolution 727 signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Researchers will also be interested in the maps used to plot locations of victim's bodies as well as Pan Am 103 passenger statistics, which includes a seating chart for the Boeing 747.Any photographs of Dark Elegy are held in that series and photographs that survived the bombing are contained in the Found in wreckage subseries of Subject files.

Subject files consists of topical files of general interest, but is also where the subseries for all materials found in the wreckage is located. All personal papers and items belonging to Alexander Lowenstein that were recovered after the disaster are listed in this series.

Writings contains Alexander Lowenstein's class notebooks, exam books and essays and papers he wrote as a student at Syracuse University. Scattered writings about Alex or the Pan Am 103 disaster are also housed here, with the exception of writings about Dark Elegy, which are included in the Dark Elegy series.

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Alternative Formats

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing these materials.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers. Related collections include:

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Matthew Cox Papers

Pan Am 103 Publications Collection

Pamela Ray Papers

Dark Elegy Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

London 1988 Image Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Lowenstein family.
Lowenstein, Alexander.
Lowenstein, Suse.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Associated Titles

Dark Elegy.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of material

Clippings (information artifacts)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers were donated by Peter and Suse Lowenstein.

Processing Information

The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers are processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Cara A. Howe
Date: 2014
Revision history: Mar 2015 - Stylistic changes (VSOM); Apr 2015 - Access restrictions removed (VSOM); Jun 2016 - New accessions integrated (VSOM); Feb 2018 - Stylistic changes (VSOM)

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The Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers are arranged alphabetically by and within most series. Some subseries may be arranged chronologically and oversized materials are stored separately.

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Box 19 Sketches by Alexander Lowenstein undated oversize
Audiovisual materials
Box 1 Alexander Lowenstein surfing F/V 6001 undated DVD
Box 1 Body Conscious sculpture show by Suse Lowenstein F/V 5961 undated DVD
Box 1 Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams mixtape 1978 Audiocassette
Box 1 CripZen: a manual for survival, by Lorenzo Wilson Milam 1993 Audiocassette
Box 1 Cuts like a knife, by Bryan Adams undated Audiocassette
Box 1 Elton John greatest hits 1972-1974 Audiocassette
Box 1 Graceland and mixed songs undated Audiocassette
Box 1 Livingston speech and Donald Reynolds speech undated Microcassette
Box 1 Love, by The Cult 1985 Audiocassette
Box 1 Lowenstein family and friends at the beach F/V 6027 undated DVD
Box 1 Mr. Mendham competition [Alexander Lowenstein was a competitor] F/V 6022 undated DVD
Box 1 "Park Place" featuring Alexander Lowenstein F/V 6034 undated DVD
Box 1 Stand by Me original motion picture soundtrack 1986 Audiocassette
Box 1 Standing on a Beach, by The Cure 1986 Audiocassette
Box 1 Swordfish Trombones, by Tom Waits undated Audiocassette
Box 1 Worst of Jefferson Airplane and Seatrain mixtape undated Audiocassette
Box 1 Ziggy Marley, Conscious Party and Midnight Oil; Diesel and Dust mixtape 1988 Audiocassette
Box 2 General April 1986- October 2005, undated (4 folders)
Box 2 From Germany circa 1988-1989
Box 2 Frontline: the bombing of Pan Am 103 1990
Box 2 Frontline: tracking the Pan Am 103 bombers 1989
Box 19 Oversize 1988-2005
Box 2 Trial, Camp Van Zeist, Netherlands 2000-2001
Alexander Lowenstein
Box 3 General 1980-1985 (5 folders)
Box 4 General 1985-1988 (4 folders)
Box 5 General undated (3 folders)
Box 8 Baumeister & Samuels [attorneys] 1991
Box 8 Beth [girlfriend] undated
Box 6 General circa 1988-1989 (4 folders)
Box 7 General circa 1988-1989 (4 folders)
Box 7 Remarks of Joan Barletta on the occassion of the memorial service for Alex Lowenstein 30 December 1988 (4 folders)
Box 3 Lowenstein thank you card circa 1988-1989
Box 8 Consulate General of the United States, Edinburgh, Scotland 1990
Box 8 Cranston High School West theatre program, Cranston, Rhode Island 2 March 2013
Box 8 DeSantis, Mary Allen [aunt of Pan Am 103 victim Julian Benello] 1990
Box 8 Ennist, Lauren [artist] 1995
Box 8 Fortune, Deirdre [wife of Pan Am 103 victim Robert Fortune] circa 1991
Box 8 Government Officials 1990, 1996, 2001
Box 8 Heller, Bruce undated
Box 8 Imatron undated
Box 8 Bogie, Donald undated
Box 8 Keegans, Patrick, Father 1989, 1996
Box 8 Murray, Stuart undated
Box 8 Stobbs, George and Rita undated
Box 8 Thomson, Henry and Margaret 1991
Box 8 Webster, Jack 2000
Box 8 Wilson, June and Jim 1989-2002
Box 8 McKendric, Gigi [sculptor] 1990
Box 8 Media 1999-2001
Box 8 The Permanent Mission of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations 1997
Box 8 Syracuse University 1989
Box 8 Weiss, Fredda 1997
Box 8 White House [Bill Clinton, President] 1995
Box 8 Wilkenfeld, Adam 1998
Dark Elegy
Box 9 A broken heart still beats after your child dies, by Anne McCracken and Mary Semel, cover art undated
Box 9 Campaign for permanent home in Washington DC 2007
Box 9 Clippings 1991-2001, undated
Box 19 Clippings circa 1992-1996 oversize
Box 9 Correspondence circa 1989-1994 (3 folders)
Box 9 Douglass College 1997
Box 19 Douglass College 1997 oversize
Box 9 Others 1991, 1993-1994, 1997
Box 9 Rutgers University 1996
Box 9 Photographs and slides undated
 Dark Elegy at Syracuse University
Box 19 Photographs circa 1996 oversize
Box 9 Printed materials 1997
Box 19 Sketches by Lauren Ennist undated oversize
Box 9 Student comments on Dark Elegy film undated
Box 9 "The Women of Lockerbie," by Deborah Brevoort, program art 2008
Box 9 Writings about Dark Elegy 1996, undated
Box 9 Writings by Suse Lowenstein undated
 Alexander Lowenstein by Suse Lowenstein
 Dark Elegy by Suse Lowenstein
 Letter to the editor from Suse Lowenstein
 Artist's statement by Suse Lowenstein
Personal Objects
Box 10 Riding helmet undated
Box 10 Scottish flag undated
Box 10 Surfing figures "Alex" and "Beth" undated
Box 10 Tie clips with letter A undated
Box 10 Wallet undated
Box 10 Zeta Psi beer stein 1989
Box 10 Zeta Psi flag undated
Box 10 Zeta Psi sticker undated
Photographs and negatives
Box 11 Album loaned by Suse and Peter Lowenstein circa 1988
 Alex in yellow t-shirt
 Alex at Stonehenge
 Alex in hoodie
 Alex in Jimmy Buffet t-shirt
 Alex in straw hat
 Alex giving flower to friend
 Alex, Rick Monetti and two friends
 Alex and Beth with friends (including Rick Monetti) at Stonehenge
 Alex and Beth with friends (including Rick Monetti)
 Alex and Beth with friends
 Alex and Beth with friends (including Rick Monetti) in field
 Alex and Beth with friends on a stone wall
 Alex and friends at Slough airport
 Alex and Rick Monetti with friends
 Alex and friends with gargoyles
 Alex and Rick Monetti in hunter hats
 Alex, Rick Monetti, Alexia Tsairis, Julianne Kelly and friends
 Lowenstein Family
 Alexander Lowenstein's headstone
 Alexander Lowenstein's memorial plaque on the Memorial Wall in Lockerbie
 Alexander Lowenstein on a rock wall
 Alex in "Alexi" shirt
 Alex in straw hat holding a cat
 Alex Lowenstein portrait in red tie
 Alex with surf board
 Alex in Zeta Psi sweatshirt
 Alex standing by the water with arms raised
 Alex in wetsuit
 Suse Lowenstein with Alex's cairn in Lockerbie, Scotland
 Alex's cairn in Lockerbie, Scotland
 Flowers and stone circle
 Alex Lowenstein in field
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein Summer 1985
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein and family undated
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein and friends circa 1985-1987, undated
Box 11 Alexander Lowenstein and Beth [girlfriend] 1987, undated
Box 11 Developed from film found in wreckage circa 1988
Box 11 London and Amsterdam 1988
Box 11 Memorials undated
 Headstone in East Hampton
 Cairn in Lockerbie, Scotland
Box 11 Negatives and contact sheets undated
Box 11 Sports teams undated
Box 19 Zeta Psi Fraternity 1986-1987, undated oversize
Printed materials
Box 12 Annual harbor lights gala honoring Suse and Peter Lowenstein 5 August 2006
Box 12 Birth certificate 1967
Box 12 Certificate of achievement from Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences circa 1989
 Certificate of Achievement from College of Arts and Sciences
Box 12 Certifications 1975-1982
Box 12 Congressional Record: Senate Resolution 727 signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton 9 December 2008
 Senate Resolution 727 signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Box 12 Contraband Detection International 9 April 1991
Box 12 Diploma, high school 1985
Box 12 Diploma, middle school 1981
Box 12 Maps, locations of bodies undated
Box 19 Map, locations of bodies undated oversize
 Map of Locations of Bodies
Box 12 Mendham Township Middle School 1979-1981
Box 12 Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences convocation program 5 May 1990
Box 12 West Morris Mendham High School 1985
Box 12 Zeta Psi Fraternity circa 1986-1989
Subject files
Alexander Lowenstein
Box 12 Grave plot at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, New York 1989
Box 12 Inter-fraternity council notes 1987-1988
Box 13 Personal documents 1988, undated
Box 13 Planner 1983, August 1987-August 1988 (2 folders)
Box 13 Anis, Magdy and Fady [attorneys] disciplinary review board 1991
Box 13 Authorizations to conduct criminal proceedings on behalf of others 1992
Box 13 AVSEC international conference 26 October 1993
Box 13 Barringer Instruments, Inc. circa 1991
Box 13 Body identification December 1988
 Body Number 167, Alexander Lowenstein (not graphic)
Box 12 CDI's Security Service Bureau (SSB) 1991
Box 13 Class schedules 1987
Box 13 Donahue syndication list 1 November 1989
Box 13 Eulogies 30 December 1988
Box 13 Estate of Alexander Lowenstein 1991
Box 13 Federal Aviation Administration security bulletin process undated
Found in wreckage
Box 14 Journal pages 1988
Personal items
Box 15 Audiocassette pouch undated
Box 15 Radio and cassette player undated
Box 15 Sweater undated
Box 15 Underwater camera undated
Box 15 Wallet undated
Box 14 Personal papers 1988, undated
 Tower of London postcard
 British Rail pass
Box 14 Photographs 1988
Box 13 Letter of recommendation for Alex Lowenstein 10 December 1984
Box 13 Memorials 1990
Box 13 Pan Am 103 passenger statistics compiled by Barry J. Flick [includes seat assignments] undated
 Pan Am 103 passenger statistics
Box 13 Obituaries December 1988
Box 13 Report cards and grade reports 1979-1988
Box 13 Return of personal property 1989-1990
Box 14 Rubbing from Memorial Wall in Lockerbie, Scotland undated
Box 13 Trial at Camp van Zeist, Netherlands, verdict 31 January 2001
Box 13 United States Mission to the United Nations 1992-1993
Box 13 Warsaw Convention and liability undated
Alexander Lowenstein's writings
Box 16 Exam booklets 1987-1988
Box 16 Essays and papers 1987-1988, undated
Box 16 Poetry undated
Box 17 English 227 undated
Box 17 English 342 1987
Box 17 English 361 1987
Box 17 English 533 1988
Box 17 Geology 102 1988
Box 17 German 201/202 1986
Box 17 Philosophy 212 1986
Box 17 Philosophy 216 undated
Box 18 Philosophy 321 1987
Box 18 Psychology 305 undated
Box 18 Religion 255 1986
Box 18 Religion 291 undated
Box 18 Religion 358 undated
Box 18 Sociology 388 1988
Box 18 Writing 315 undated
Box 16 Article by Suse and Peter Lowenstein undated
Box 16 Poem by JJC 15 July 1989
Box 16 Poetry by Stuart Murray 1989, undated
Box 16 "Evolution of Lockerbie," by Jeff Drown 1990
Box 16 Script for "Fellow Travelers," GELB undated
Box 16 Script for "Victims of Pan Am Flight 103," by Robert Crais for NBC 12 November 1993

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